11-Year-Old Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths After Death of Neighbor's Baby
"I thought, this shouldn't happen to anybody, so I grabbed a piece of paper and started drawing out what I was thinking," said Bishop Curry, 11.
An 11-year-old Texas boy has invented a device that he hopes will end the tragedy of children dying in hot cars.
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Bishop Curry, a fifth grader at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School, developed The Oasis, a fan that automatically turns on when it reaches a certain temperature inside the car.
The device, meant to be installed into a car seat, will detect whether there is still a child in the car once it has stopped moving.
When it detects a dangerous temperature, the fan will start blowing out cold air and automatically send a text message to the child's parents. If there’s no response, the device will alert police and paramedics.
Bishop told InsideEdition.com he was inspired to come up with The Oasis after hearing about a neighbor’s baby, who died in a hot car last year.
“I thought, this shouldn’t happen to anybody,” Bishop said. "So I grabbed a piece of paper and started drawing out what I was thinking."
The following day, his dad, who works for Toyota, brought his designs to work to ask advice on how to proceed.
From there, the idea skyrocketed.
“People have ideas all the time [and] you want to invest in everyone’s idea," his mom, Tina Curry, told InsideEdition.com. “[But] there are people who think it’s a good idea also. There are people backing it up with their thoughts and money and support. It’s kind of eye-opening.”
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The Oasis has since raised more than $40,000 on GoFundMe, and Bishop and his family are now applying for a formal patent for the device so they can start manufacturing.
"I feel awesome,” Bishop said. “I never thought it’d go this far."
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